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    Wee wriggler

    What does wee wriggler mean? As in "He may look cute but he was a wee wriggler" or "Why he even denied it in the first place is beyond me - she's a stunning wee wriggler". Sounds like a bad thing...

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    Re: Wee wriggler

    Quote Originally Posted by MASM View Post
    What does wee wriggler mean? As in "He may look cute but he was a wee wriggler" or "Why he even denied it in the first place is beyond me - she's a stunning wee wriggler". Sounds like a bad thing...
    Some more context would help. It sounds as though 'wee' is being used to mean little/small - mostly dialectal in England, common in Scotland. 'Wiggler' in the context of 'truth' suggests it could be a typo for 'winkler' (to 'winkle out the truth' is an idiom).

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    To me 'wriggler' sounds like an affectionate term, talking about a baby, or a pet. From the verb 'wriggle', describing movement. If it's a pet, it would mean that whenever you tried to pick it up it would try to free itself by wriggling it's body. If it's a baby, then it's describing how the baby moves it's limbs.

    That's what I'd say at least. 'Wee' is most likely 'little/small'. In Scotland, 'wee' is used almost exclusively in place of 'little/small' among speakers.

    What I took from the 'Why he even denied it anyway' sentence, is that a person has denied ownership of said 'wee wriggler'. What that is, exactly, I don't know - his daughter? his pet gerbil?

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    Re: Wee wriggler

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    To me 'wriggler' sounds like an affectionate term, talking about a baby, or a pet. From the verb 'wriggle', describing movement. If it's a pet, it would mean that whenever you tried to pick it up it would try to free itself by wriggling it's body. If it's a baby, then it's describing how the baby moves it's limbs.

    That's what I'd say at least. 'Wee' is most likely 'little/small'. In Scotland, 'wee' is used almost exclusively in place of 'little/small' among speakers.

    What I took from the 'Why he even denied it anyway' sentence, is that a person has denied ownership of said 'wee wriggler'. What that is, exactly, I don't know - his daughter? his pet gerbil?
    Well, the first one is a woman talking about her dog...so I guessed that it may look cute, but had a strong "personality".
    The second one is an actor talking about his girlfriend. I don't remember exactly, but I think he had denied being dating her.

    To me, it sounded like a bad thing to say, because of the first sentence...but it doesn't fit with someone talking about his girlfriend, besides, it's preceded by the word "stunning".

    Thanks to both for answering!

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    Re: Wee wriggler

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    The second one is an actor talking about his girlfriend. I don't remember exactly, but I think he had denied being dating her.

    To me, it sounded like a bad thing to say, because of the first sentence...but it doesn't fit with someone talking about his girlfriend, besides, it's preceded by the word "stunning".

    Thanks to both for answering!
    If she's 'stunning' she's very attractive - nothing negative about that. But why's she a 'wriggler'? Is she a pole-dancer? I've never met the expression, but it would fit.

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    Re: Wee wriggler

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    If she's 'stunning' she's very attractive - nothing negative about that. But why's she a 'wriggler'? Is she a pole-dancer? I've never met the expression, but it would fit.

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    I know, stunning is a good thing, that's why I was confused. She's an actress too...I don't know if she's a pole-dancer in her free time . I've found the article: Hayden Panettiere | Heroes star | Dating Milo Ventimiglia | The Sun |Showbiz|Bizarre

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    Re: Wee wriggler

    She's bait?

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    She's bait?
    Do you mean she's been used as a bait...or she's like a bait for him?

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    Re: Wee wriggler

    This 'related story' suggests pole-dancing may well figure on her cv.
    SEE hot Heroes babe Hayden Panettiere stripping off in video for a sizzling shoot

    Read more: [there was a link here, but I feel dirty enough just visiting the Sun's site; I'm certainly not going to be their pimp as well ]
    Come to think of it, anyone this rag calls 'lovely' probably makes money by taking her clothes off.

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    Re: Wee wriggler

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    This 'related story' suggests pole-dancing may well figure on her cv.


    Come to think of it, anyone this rag calls 'lovely' probably makes money by taking her clothes off.

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    OMG, I'm more confused now . I came across this expression writing an essay on the changes in language/expression in different British newspapers. When I tried to search for it online, I only found the other sentence about the dog....
    I agree about the Sun, though.
    Anyway, I don't think I'll ever use "wee wriggler" in a conversation..or in any other form of communication, really.

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